Touching up Faces with the Makeover Tools in PaintShop Pro

In this tutorial we’re going to go over
some of the makeover tools and other blemish fixing tools in PaintShop Pro.
These are great tools for making quick fixes to faces in your photos.
We’re going to use a couple of the makeover tools: Blemish Fixer and
Toothbrush, and also look at another tool called Scratch Remover which is part of
the Clone tool group. At the end for some overall touch-ups we’ll also look at the
Skin Smoothing tool. I’ve got PaintShop Pro open and I’m in the Manage workspace. Over here I’m going to browse to where I have the image that I want to touch up. I
can double-click the thumbnail for a larger view to more easily see what I’d
like to work on, then back in the thumbnail view I can right-click and
choose Edit Photo. Now the Edit workspace becomes active, which is where we’ll find
all the tools we’ll need. The makeover tools are under the Red Eye tool but
clicking this drop-down arrow brings up a flyout and the makeover tool is here.
The makeover tool options appear up here on the interactive property bar. There
are five makeover tools: Blemish Fixer, Toothbrush, Eye Drop, Suntan and Thinify. First i want to duplicate the image on which I’ll make my edits. This way there
won’t be any changes made to the original image. Down here in the Layers
palette I’m right-clicking on the image and choosing Duplicate. This creates a
new identical layer placed just above the original. I’m clicking on the layer
name and changing it to “makeover”. Here’s what i want to fix first: a little
blemish on the end of her nose. I’m zooming in for a closer look by
scrolling my mouse wheel. I can also pan the view by pressing the spacebar while
dragging the mouse. I’m clicking the Blemish Fixer icon the first one in the
Makeover toolbar. I can adjust my brush size here, but it’s easier to change the brush
size by dragging the mouse up or down while holding the Alt key. Blemish Fixer
works like a specialized clone tool. The cursor has two circles: inner and outer.
I’m placing the smaller circle over the blemish.
The outer circle contains the colors and textures that will be used to cover the
blemish. I want to size my brush so that the
entire blemish fits just inside the inner circle. Click once and the blemish
is gone. I’ll do the same thing to remove this little freckle here,
but first I’ll zoom in some more and use a smaller brush so that just the freckle
fits inside. I’ll do the same for a few little blemishes on this side as well and up here on her forehead. Next let’s try the Toothbrush tool. There
aren’t a lot of teeth showing in this picture so I’ll zoom in to get the best
view. This is another one-click tool. I just click on the teeth and the
Toothbrush does the rest. You may have to click more than once to lighten all the
various shades within the teeth. I was using the default lightening strength of
50 which makes the teeth a little too white in my opinion so I’m using undo to
get the original teeth back. I’m reducing the strength a bit then trying again.
I like these teeth better Next we’ll use the Scratch Remover. This
is a great tool for removing scratches from old or damaged photographs but it
has lots of other uses such as removing power lines from landscape shots or
erasing stray hairs on a photograph. That’s what I’m going to do here. If i
zoom in closely here I can see an awkward little stray hair. Scratch
Remover is here under the Clone tool and it works a bit like the blemish remover.
I’m reducing the width a bit – it’s best to make the tool size as small as
possible to avoid affecting other areas. I’m dragging this rectangle along the
straight part at the end of the hair. The colors and textures from the two outer
rectangles are brought into the middle rectangle, removing the hair. I can drag a
few more times removing another bit of hair each time. This tool is also great for removing
wrinkles like these around the eyes, and for plucking eyebrows. This area around the chin shows some
slight blotchiness and maybe we also want to remove some of the larger pores
in this area. These bits could be evened out with the Blemish Fixer but there’s
another tool that makes this even easier. I’m choosing Adjust>Skin Smoothing. The skin smoothing preview window shows a before-and-after view and you can zoom
and pan on either image. The after view around the nose now shows smaller pores and the chin is now smoother as well. But I can increase the smoothing amount here. If I click Preview on Image I can see the entire effect of this tool in real
time. Click OK and the changes are made. Because all of these tools were used on
their own layer I can easily compare the new image to the original one. By
clicking the eye icon on the makeover layer I can toggle it off, leaving only
the original layer displayed. Quite a difference. This brings us to the end of
this short tutorial. In addition to the makeover tools I demonstrated here, there are many other tools you can use to touch up or enhance your images.. Some of these are selective focus, depth-of-field, glamour filters and the ability to
change the colors of eyes hairs or lips just to name a few. To see these in action check out Corel’s Discovery Center at

6 Replies to “Touching up Faces with the Makeover Tools in PaintShop Pro”

  1. This is probably the only thing I don't like about Paintshop Pro 2018. These set of tools are very disappointing. The only one that works well enough to use is the teeth whitening tool. I wish there would be a significant update provided for these tools. The one you used to remove stray hairs only goes in straight lines. So it takes too much time to edit out one simple hair. The tool should be more versatile and be able to be like a paintbrush and follow any path. The blemish tool works well enough for what it does. It would be nice if that tool was more versatile also and can remove stray hairs and other imperfections within photos. The one tool I find horrible is the thinify tool. Maybe I don't I know exactly how to use it. But I've tried several things and it just distorts the photo, making it look humorous. I did enjoy this tutorial and I hope you continue to make advanced tutorials for professional photographers.

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